Question: Can A Child Refuse To See A Parent UK?

What happens if a child refuses to see a parent?

If your child is refusing contact with your co-parent due to a reason that directly concerns their safety, bring this to the attention of your lawyer or other legal professionals immediately.

If the reason does not directly impact their safety or well-being, your child should spend time with their other parent..

A question asked by many parents is can a mother stop a father from seeing child. A father has the same rights as a mother and contact cannot be legally stopped unless there are concerns that further contact could affect the welfare of a child.

As the law currently stands, there’s no rights of access for siblings. The ‘nuclear family model’ (a father, mother and their children) is no longer representative of the family dynamics within the UK.

Can a 14 year old refuse to see a parent?

The legal answer may be “yes” even though the ethical answer could be “no” in some situations. Under the law, each parent must follow a custody order exactly. … A parent may have a different role in making visits happen for a four-year old child versus a 14 year-old one.

At what age can a child decide not to see their father UK?

In law, there is no fixed age that determines when a child can express a preference as to where they want to live. However, legally, a child cannot decide who they want to live with until they are 16 years old. Once a child reaches the age of 16, they are legally allowed to choose which parent to live with.

At what age can a child say they don’t want to see a parent?

Most judges understand that once a child reaches their teens (14 /15 /16 /17), it certainly is difficult to force them to visit with a noncustodial parent when they are adamant about not seeing them, but it truly is not the child’s decision.

At what age will the courts listen to a child UK 2020?

The government has made the commitment that from the age of 10, children and young people involved in all family court hearings in England and Wales will have access to judges to make their views and feelings known.

Can a child refuse to see their father?

In most cases the courts view contact as being in the best interests of the child, and see both parents involvement as a benefit to the child’s welfare, and will only refuse to make an order in exceptional circumstances.

Will a court force a child to see a parent?

Legal support The court can make a ‘child arrangements order’ setting out whether contact between your child and their other parent should happen. The court will tell both parents when and where contact will happen. If the court decides that no contact should happen, it will give reasons.